In trying to tackle the issue with having more research ideas than time or opportunities to publish them all, I figured I'd fire up the old blog to post up almost verbatim versions of papers and embryonic ideas to build an archive and show that I'm still active even though I'm still in that lovely early-career-and-may-not-have-a-job-in-a-few-months stage. This is one I gave in the Literature seminar series in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, on
25 February 2015, and again at a workshop at University of Aberdeen. This paper builds on a case study from my monograph, looking at it alone instead of in comparison to another film by the same artist.
the second of my ten residency days, I joined a group of pupils from
Jamieson School for young folk with learning difficulties on
their day trip to The
Hepworth Wakefield. As part of Yorkshire Sculpture
International's engagement programme, they've been participating in
regular workshops with artist Beth
Hughes who has been exploring with them the sensory elements of
sculptural materials and installation art. What
stuck me most about the day was how enthused the young people were;
their energy and openness was boundless and joyful. There were nine
children aged, I think, between 10 and 13, and four teachers/carers.
In the morning, Beth led a tour of the exhibitions (including
Journey of Thingsand
pieces by Barbara Hepworth) with drawing activities to get us
thinking about materials and tactility in sculpture. After a pleasant
lunch outside in the sun, Beth led a very fun workshop using clay.
All of the activities centred around vessels. -…
On Tuesday 2 July 2019 I was at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy for a sculpture install and workshops as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International engagement programme. Engagement artist Zara Worth has been working with Year 9 pupils (ages 13-14) to explore their relationships with social media and screen-based handheld devices in sculptural form. The result was exhibited in the school for a day in dialogue with Eduardo Paolozzi's AG5 (1958) from the Leeds Art Gallery collection. Nigel Walsh, curator of modern and contemporary art at Leeds Art Gallery, spent the day with these works and introduced Paolozzi's to various year groups throughout the day. We learned from Nigel that Paolozzi was a Scottish artist of Italian parentage whose work excelled in post-Second World War London. Nigel explained that the sculpture began as a portrait, and it does maintain a bust-like physique. The original was made by gauging into clay and plaster and sticking on bits of detritus and…